George Kotsonis was born at Palechori, Cyprus in March 1940. In 1958 he studied Art at Saint Martin's School of Art, London. In 1960 he won a scholarship to China, where he continued his studies at the Peking Academy of Fine Art with Ai-Choun-Sin.
In 1963 he went to Czechoslovakia, on a scholarship, where he continued and finished his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with Antony Pelts. He received his degree of Art in 1967 and the title of Academic Artist.